About Essex Florist
Essex Florist & Greenhouses , Inc. is a full service Essex florist serving the local community for over 60 years. We deliver to over 124 zip codes in and around the Baltimore area. We also have the ability to send your flower orders almost anywhere in the US and Canada. At Essex Florist and Greenhouses, we do not pay commissions to out of state order gathering services such as Teleflora, FTD, or 1800 Flowers or to funeral directors. These commissions and fees can be in excess of 20% of the cost of your arrangement. We do not think that is fair. When you buy flowers from us, you can be sure you are paying for only flowers.
We are not looking to be the biggest, rather we are striving to be the best. We know bigger shops rely upon assembly line techniques, but we feel the sacrifice in quality is not worth the gain in production. Our designs are NOT assembly line creations. Rather, each design is created one at a time, allowing our designers to bring their individual creative imagination to every design they do. Our product lines include fresh flowers and gifts for any occasion, funeral designs as well as specialty tribute designs, party designs, and wedding designs. If you do not see exactly what you want on our website, please call and speak to one of our sales associates who can help you create the perfect floral gift or sympathy tribute.
Essex Florist & Greenhouses, Inc. is not a mass merchandising operation. We do not buy our plants in from other growers to make a quick profit. We believe in quality. And that can only be achieved when professional growers care for the crop from beginning to end. We use premium cuttings to ensure only the finest plants. They stay in our greenhouse under our care until they are hand selected for each order and delivered to you. As a result, our seasonal crops feature spectacular blooms and are extremely healthy and long lasting.
For Christmas we grow a large poinsettia crop and in the spring, we grow Easter Lilies, tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and mums. These are sold to our retail florist to fill local orders and are sold to our local churches for altar displays.
If you want your garden to look great, start with the best plants. During the spring, we sell a large selection of annual bedding plants including new guinea impatiens, petunias, geraniums, dalihas, and marigolds. We also grow spectacular bedding baskets of hanging geraniums, new guinea impatiens, and petunias. For those who want something really spectacular, we offer mixed annual baskets, which make beautiful gifts for Easter and Mothers Day.
We work directly with local organizations providing plants for fund raising activities and with churches to create beautiful and inspiring altar displays. If you are a church or organization , please call the shop to get additional pricing information.
The original business owner was Howard Salvo, who in the 1940’s built some of the original greenhouses and established Salvo Nurseries, Inc. Mr. Salvo managed the business until 1980. During his tenure, he mainly grew house plants and offered a small selection of flower designs for the local community. In 1980, Mr. Salvo turned management over to the current owners, who created Essex Florist and Greenhouses as a division of Salvo Nurseries Inc, and transformed the business into a full service florist and specialized growing operation. Mr. Salvo, loved the growing business and remained interested in the operation until he passed away in 2002. Today, the business remains family owned and operated. For over 70 years our business has had the privilege of sharing the joys and sorrows of the people in our community.